Concerns about Germany’s support for changing church teaching on homosexuality and women dominate Vatican meetings

By Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service via America Media, 23 November 2022
Pope Francis meets with the German Bishops during the Ad Limina visit in November 2022. Image: ANSA/Vatican News


The German bishops’ meeting with officials of the Roman Curia was not a “showdown,” but it did make clear the Vatican’s strong concerns about Germany’s Synodal Path, especially regarding its support for official ministries for women and for a change in church teaching about homosexuality, said the president of the bishops’ conference.

Coming at the end of the bishops’ weeklong “ad limina” visits to Rome, the meeting Nov. 18 with the heads of Vatican offices was “a serious test of synodality,” Bishop Georg Bätzing told reporters the next day.

In that meeting, “it was important to me to make it clear that the uncovering of abuse and structures that facilitated abuse in the church have so shattered trust and called into question the authority of the bishops to such a degree that new paths are necessary in order to confront the crisis in the church,” he said.

The German bishops promise to reflect on what was said and heard, he said, but that reflection and the continuing dialogue with the Curia must involve those who “make up the largest part of the people of God: the laity.”

“We are Catholics, and we will remain Catholics, but we want to be Catholics in a different way,” Bishop Bätzing said. Claims that the German church is moving toward a schism “are said from outside and meant to intimidate us.”

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